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Summer 2013/Colorado Springs

ML582A/B [Cohort 31]

1 week intensive

F. D. Hankins



Students from around the globe will join faculty in dialogue around topics of character and leadership formation. The challenge of developing character as a foundation for leadership will be applied in students’ lives through reading, discussions, lectures, small group exercises, experimentation with electronic community building tools, community meals, and silent reflection. The work for this course sequence (4-units) spans 2 quarters. Part A comprises the pre-seminar work and in-class activities. Students will meet on campus for one week for 1) an orientation to Fuller Seminary resources and the MAGL program and its learning components, 2) an opportunity to build deeper relationships with cohort members to achieve a more effective learning community; and 3) an introduction to and discussions about the principles of character and leadership formation in the context of community. Part B comprises post-seminar reading, writing, group dialogue and the final paper.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:As a result of this course sequence students will have

  • Prepared for continuing studies at Fuller through an orientation to program resources

  • Celebrated further development of the cohort learning community with fellow students

  • Analyzed at least one model of character formation

  • Examined several character formation issues that leaders face

  • Explored global trends in Christian leadership

  • Revised MAGL Curriculum Sheet through conversations with advisors and peers


ML582A will meet for the first week of a required two-week intensive on-campus residency for the MA in Global Leadership from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students will do pre-seminar assignments. ML582B will involve post-seminar readings and assignments, online connecting, and completion of the final paper after they return home.


Barton, Ruth Haley. Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0830835669. Pub List Price: $20.00.

Jenkins, Philip. The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity: Future of Christianity Trilogy, 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN- 978-0199767465. Pub List Price: $15.95.

Lohfink, Gerhard. Jesus and Community: The Social Dimension of Christian Faith. New York: Fortress, 1984. ISBN-13: 978-0800618025. Pub List Price: $22.00.

Nouwen, Henri J.M. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership. New York: Crossroad Publishing Co., 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0824509153. Pub List Price: $11.00

Thrall, Bill, Bruce McNicol, and Ken McElrath. The Ascent of a Leader: How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and Influence. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0787947668. Pub List Price: $25.00.

Willard, Dallas. Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2002. ISBN 978-1576832967. Pub List Price: $24.95.

Wright, N.T. After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters. Harper Collins Publishers, 2010. ISBN: 978-06-173055-9. Pub List Price: $16.50.


ML582A (Summer 2013)

  1. Make a “personal journey” presentation to the class (40% of grade)

  2. Fully participate in class discussions and learning exercises (40% of grade)

  3. Two 500-word (two-page) reading reports on Willard and Thrall (20% of grade)

ML582B (Fall 2013)

  1. Revise and adjust personal MAGL Curriculum Sheet based on advising meetings (5%)

  2. Five 500-word (two-page) reading reports and associated assignments for remaining required texts (25%)

  3. A 3,750-word (15-page) paper integrating the themes of the course (70%)

PREREQUISITES: This course sequence is only available to MA in Global Leadership students.

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: This two-quarter sequence, ML582A and B, is part of the required MAGL cohort series of courses. NO AUDITORS.


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.